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    Homecoming: Five places to watch the football game against Colorado

    Rebecca Noble

    Gentle Ben’s, a bar and grill on University Boulevard, is one of the top spots to watch sports games, including Arizona football and basketball games. Other game-watching spots include O’Malley’s and No Anchovies.

    If you aren’t fortunate enough to have a ZonaZoo pass or have access to great seats for the Homecoming game this weekend, then look no further. Here is a list of some of the best places to watch your favorite games, whether they are of UA sports teams or otherwise:

    1. O’Malley’s
    O’Malley’s is a bar located on the popular Fourth Avenue directly off of the Sun Link Tucson Modern Steetcar. If you want to be surrounded by UA students, then this is the place to go. While it isn’t necessarily known for its food, the bar offers a great selection of on-tap beers and wines for those who can enjoy them. Maeve Cionci, a retailing and consumer sciences junior, loves going to O’Malley’s for the drinks and atmosphere. “I love meeting my friends at O’Malley’s,” Cionci said, “because there are a lot of other lively places around to come from.” O’Malley’s in located at 247 N. Fourth Ave.

    2. Gentle Ben’s
    Gentle Ben’s is a great place to go for students who want to stay closer to campus. It has a lively atmosphere and a large area to house all of the great fans on game days. Jordan Wakser, a pre-neuroscience freshman, likes every aspect of Gentle Ben’s. “Not only is the food great, but it’s really easy to feel pumped up from all the spirit there,” Wakser said. The bar has an excellent service staff, and the food and drinks never disappoint. It is definitely a place to experience a true college town.

    3. No Anchovies
    No Anchovies is in a great location for students because it is directly on University Boulevard. It is directly across the street from Gentle Ben’s. Mason Burchfield, a political science junior, frequently goes to No Anchovies for the delicious food and affordable prices. “I enjoy watching games at No Anchovies because it has a lively atmosphere,” Burchfield said, “and there are always a ton of college students there.”

    4. Throwbacks
    Throwbacks is a great place to check out a game because it has excellent food for the sophisticated eater. If you’re looking for typical bar food, then Throwbacks is the wrong place for you. Haley Berner, a nutritional sciences junior, said she loves going to Throwbacks because of its great menu. The sports bar has great food items, such as pulled pork sliders, nachos, bacon, gouda, and lobster macaroni and cheese.

    5. Skybox
    The great thing about Skybox is that there is a ton of television screens to view games various games. Skybox has a low-key atmosphere, which is great for people who don’t like having to shout across a table to other patrons. Rachel Blanch, a public health freshman, said she enjoys going to Skybox because it has the feel of a sports bar, but it isn’t as crazy. “I like to know what is going on during the game,” she said, “and Skybox makes it easier to follow the games without a ton of conversations going on around me.”


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